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Hello!Project Awards 2016

Hey everyone!

I wanted to do something like a recap / review for the whole year, but talking about each release / member is too time consuming (I tried last year and I failed tumblr_inline_mto5g32IQF1qid2nw) so I’m going to show you only my favorites of 2016!

There are six categories:

  1. Best song
  2. Best choreography
  3. Best MV
  4. Best outfit (singles / albums)
  5. Top 10 members
  6. Top 3 kenshuusei

Please note that this is based purely on my tastes!

BEST SONG

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Dou Datte ii no (Country Girls)

A lot of good songs came out this year! It was really hard to choose only one of them. I really liked Dou Datte ii no from the first listen, because it’s upbeat and full of energy and I really like the meaning of the lyrics!

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

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Mukidashi de Mukiatte (Morning Musume’16)

Mugen Climax (°C-ute)

A tie! I’m not an expert in terms of dance, so this was an hard category for me. The ones I chose are cool and have an interesting concept behind them. Too bad I can’t dance at all, I would love to learn and dance them too!

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

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Ranrarun ~Anata ni Muchuu~ (Country Girls)

The quality of MV has increased this year and we have several gems in terms of effects, concepts, entertainment… But I love this one SO MUCH! I love that it is tied to the lyrics and it tells a story; there are a lot of cute and funny moments and… it’s simply awesome!

BEST OUTFITS

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A tie, again! We have the outfits of Mugen Climax, which are simply gorgeous; I love the gothic style and they go so well with the song! Then, we have the outfits of Otona no Jijou, which is a digital only releasy and has no MV, but they wore it for the drama and in concerts. This one is also really beautiful, something you rarely see in H!P; it’s really idolish and I love checkered patterns! Finally we have the outfits used for the MV of Kedakaku Sakihokore. Well, I kinda cheated on these because they were actually the outfits of the Countdown Party 2015, but they are so beautiful that I wanted to include them. The lace decoration are really cute and lady-like and I’m so glad they decided to use them not only for concerts!

TOP 10 IDOLS

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Basically, to do this ranking I made an average of their positions during my monthly rankings – so it doesn’t reflect my December top ten. This is more like a “how they did during the year in my rankings” tumblr_inline_mg16go8gBg1qdlkyg Soo, let’s see. First spot, obviously, my H!P oshi, Kudo Haruka. She ranked first in every monthly ranking this year. Then we have Ogata Haruna and Hagiwara Mai. They are basically on the same level, so it’s interesting to see that on average Haachin ranked better than MaiMai! Then we have Hamachan! I liked her from the first time I saw her, so yeah, she’s always pretty high. Sayubee, Maachan and Murotan usually rank in my top ten, while Sasaki Rikako and Oda Sakura don’t, so it’s nice to see they ranked well throughout the year. As 9th, we have Yanagawa Nanami. She’s my new Country Girls oshi after the departure of Manakan (who would have been there if she hadn’t left, sigh) and she started rank in my top ten around mid-year, so that’s probably why she’s lower than Rikako. It will be interesting to see how this will change next year!

TOP 3 4 KENSHUUSEI

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This is the same as the regular members, I just did an average of their positions in my rankings :3 Takase Kurumi is my favorite kenshuusei. She has replaced Kaga Kaede sometimes this year. Kaga would have been there too, but she’s a member of Morning Musume’17 now, so she’s not a kenshuusei anymore (yay!). I was expecting Ruru to be on my top three since she’s pretty stable in my rankings. And… surprise! A tie! I quite like both Sakiko-chan and Kirara-chan and actually this is a perfect result because I can’t tell the one I like the most between them!

This is it for my 2016 Awards! Did you agree with some of them? Which ones would you change? Let me know in the comments! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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Spring 2016 Wrap-up!

Trying to restart with this monthly feature. Since I didn’t keep track of things I did in the last couple of months, I was thinking of waiting July for the next wrap-up. But then I realized that, since my last wrap-up was in March, a general Spring Wrap-up would be perfect! So here I am tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k

~Books~
Since March I’ve read a total of 12 books.


1Q84 Book 3 by Murakami Haruki 5/5 stars
I started this saga last year but it took a while for me to get into it. However, the third book is so fascinating, much more than the first two books, because all starts to make sense. I love those kind of conclusive books, which also make me appreciate more the beginning of the story.

Misery by Stephen King 5/5 stars
This book was recommended to me by my mother. I should totally ask her for suggestions more. Last year she suggested me to read Roots, which I loved, and Misery was not less. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Stephen King even though I’ve wanted to read his works for a long time. I really like his style of writing and the story was totally fascinating.

Books 2

Harry Potter #3 #4, #5, #6, #7 by J.K. Rowling 5/5 stars all of them
I finished re-reading the series. This month I also re-watched all the movies. I LOVE Harry Potter, so I was basically playing safe. Two of them (#4 and #5) were also the books I managed to read during the Dewey’s 24 hours readathon. I was supposed to write a wrap-up post about that but in the end I didn’t. However I kept my Twitter updated, so it was an half-success I think?

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Il mio angelo segreto & Un amore di angelo by Federica Bosco both 4/5 stars
I also finished this italian series. The first book in the series made my cry hard and now I don’t remember if I broke in tears again but it’s likely. The story was good, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for the writing style. The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of punctuation. Ugh.

Overbite by Meg Cabot 4/5 stars
It seems this was the seasons of series conclusion. I read the first book of this duology last year. I like reading vampire novels (there was a period of my life where I was autobuying everything that had vampires in it – and no, this wasn’t because of Twilight, but I read Twilight because of this), so I was pretty happy with these books. Overbite was a good book overall, but I think I liked it less than the first one. And I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I mean, it’s good, but I would have preferred a different one.

The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
I think you know it by now. I still like Goosebumps. I grew up with them and the bond I have with this series is beyond the fact that those book are meant to be for children. As for this book, I saw the TV version before I read the story. I thought it was good and so I decided to give the book a try. I only hope I had read all those books when I was younger. I’m sure they would have been all masterpieces for my younger self. Apart from aliens stories. I don’t like aliens.

The Grove by John Rector 2/5 stars
This was a bit of a disappointment. I picked this book up at the book shop because of the beautiful cover (you can see it above) and the blurb. I didn’t even give a peek at the inside. Maybe I should have done so, because apart from the cover it was an absolute mess. The font was too big for the page, so the margins were really tiny and ugly. Even crooked. But this wouldn’t have been important if the story was amazing. Well, it was completely different from what I was expecting. Idk. Maybe it would have been good if it were written differently. Because the idea is nice, even if it wasn’t what I was searching for. But it didn’t hook me like, let’s say, Misery. It was confusing, rushed and weird. However, I did read some positive reviews of it, so maybe you would be able to appreciate it even though I didn’t.

Currently (re)reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

~Anime~
I’m pretty slow at completing anime. I start a lot of them but then I stop watching them half-way through. In the end I usually complete all of them, but it takes a long time.

Date a Live

I started this anime only because of the character design. I didn’t know what to expect and at first I was like WHAT? But then I got a bit into it. It evolved pretty quickly to a harem / slice of life kind of anime, with some action here and there. I was getting hyped up near the last episodes but unfortunately the ending wasn’t really good. I think – I hope – this is because there is also a second series, so maybe the real ending is there. I think I will give it a try even though the first series was not amazing. Seriously, the ending disappointment had caused this anime to drop two ranks (from 8/10 to 6/10).

Currently watching: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (9/12 eps seen)
Mayoiga (3/12 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~
A big result for a slow-watcher like me.


House M.D. – Season 8
Okay, I finished this months ago. I was crying desperately in the end and I’m still bitter there isn’t hope for a season 9. But I enjoyed watching this series so much! I love House ♡


Princess Prosecutor
So, in May I had my Korean exam and I felt like I needed a miracle to pass it. So I spent the days before the exam watching a lot of K-drama, hoping to learn some vocabulary and exercise my comprehension skill. And it worked! But back on this drama. This is one of my absolute favorite drama. I’m in love with Park Shi Hoo and I picked this show only for him. And it was so beautiful!! I can’t explain how I was feeling while watching it. I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole time.


Oh My Venus
Second for-learning-purposes drama. This was pretty good too! I really liked it and I got attached to the characters. Unfortunately I don’t really like the main actress visually speaking and since she was supposed to be extremely beautiful it was a bit of a let-down for me. I mean, she’s pretty, but I prefer the fat “ugly” version over the skinny one. Another thing I didn’t like was the development of the love story. I thought it was a bit out of the blue, but enjoyable and relatable nevertheless.
Honorable mentions: the secretary was totally the best character of the show XDD


She was Pretty
Last for-learning-purposes drama. It was really good, funny blah blah. BUT. [MILD KIND-OF-SPOILER ALERT] My Kim Shin Hyuk *cries desperately* everything was totally unfair!!! He was so lovable and funny and caring and cute and…WHY? The other guy was a d*** basically for half the show, switching personality as soon as he was with who she believed to be Kim Hye Jin. And then towards the end he magically became the kindest and clumsiest man of the world! Like, seriously? I even thought that he had multiple personalities. [END OF SPOILER] Besides my little rant, Koh Joon Hee (Min Ha Ri in the show) is one of the most beautiful actress I’ve ever seen. tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg

Currently watching: The Heirs (3/20 eps seen)

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

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~Currently into~
Bullet journaling!
I started my first bullet journal in June. I love it! I’m not an artistic kind of person, so I thought it would be hard for me to keep up with a system where you have to design everything, but it isn’t like that at all! I really enjoy spending my time organizing my bujo! I’m still searching for the layout that works the best for me, so I think I will experiment a bit during the next weeks. However I like changing, so it doesn’t bother me at all! I think that prevent it from becoming boring 😛 I should totally upload some pic of it when I have more pages to show.

Knitting
I’ve started knitting like… six days ago. My grandmother helped me start and now I’m just practicing. My goal is making a warm scarf for the winter by myself – I have plenty of time to practice until then! And then… we’ll see!

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February and March 2016 Wrap-up!

Here I am again after almost two months. In February, I decided not to write a wrap-up post because of lack of time and… lack of news! February was an awful month for me and I did literally NOTHING, aside from going to university and studying. So, I decided to combine two wrap-ups in one. Let’s start!

~Books~
In February, I read a total of 1 book. Which is actually a re-read. I entered in a terrible reading slump and I’m not completely out of it yet.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 5/5 stars
I consider this book my favorite book of all times. I decided to re-read it because of Valentine’s day, but in the end I got sick and I finished it in late-February. Compared to the first time I read it, this time, since I grew up and all, I noticed much more the social analysis and the innovation this book contains.

In March, I read a total of 0 books. I need to get out from this reading slump ASAP!

Currently reading: Tales of Mistery and Terror by E.A. Poe
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~Anime~
In March I completed a total of 1 anime. I focused more on TV series and dramas I think.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

What can I say? I think this is the masterpiece of this season. Well, I cannot actually say that, since I didn’t watch anything else, but this is a very good anime with a lot of good qualities and it would rank for sure in a top five. I won’t give any comments on the plot to avoid spoilers, I suggest you to see the first episodes before reading any summaries too.

Currently watching: Date a Live (5/12 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~


House M.D. – Seasons 5, 6 and 7
I almost finished this entire TV series. I will miss it.


Cheongdam-dong Alice
I totally fell in love with the male protagonist. He’s so cute and his smile is fascinating. I started another drama only to see him again. As for the drama itself, it’s pretty good. A typical korean drama, actually, but I really enjoyed it.


Budoukan
Starring Juice=Juice, one of my favorite idol groups! I wasn’t expecting a big deal from this drama, so I was pleasantly surprised by it. Actually, I think it’s well-made and it deals with some interesting topics about idols’ life and problems behind the scenes. I was a bit disappointed with the final episodes because I think it was a bit rushed (there are only 8 episodes), but overall I feel satisfied.

Currently watching: House M.D. – Season 8 (3/23 eps seen)
Oh My Venus (1/16 eps seen)
Princess Prosecutor (1/16 eps seen)

~Idolish Releases~

February:
03/02 || Next is you / Karada dake ga Otona ni nattan ja nai – Juice=Juice 7th single
A solid single coming from NEXT U / Juice=Juice! In fact, the first A-side is by NEXT U, the fictional idol group Juice=Juice personify in the drama “Budoukan”! I really like this single, much more than the previous one to be honest.

17/02 || Sakura Night Fever / Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsumoushin / Osu! Kobushi Tamashii – Kobushi Factory 2nd single
A second strike from Kobushi Factory! This single is pretty amazing. I love how Kobushi Factory are developing and I cannot wait to hear more from them!

March:
09/03 || Boogie Woogie Love / Koi wa Magnet / Ran Ra Run ~ Anata ni Muchuu ~ – Country Girls 3rd single
I love this single! This helped me to fall in love again with this group after the departure of Uta. I wasn’t particularly fond of their second single, so I’m so happy they released an amazing single like this!

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

February:top ten FEB

March:top ten MAR

~Added to my wishlist~
Harukaze – Kudo Haruka 3rd photobook: I can’t afford it right now, but I will have it sooner or later!

~Currently into~
Papa’s games: I have a kind of addictions when it comes to management games, restaurant games or cooking games. These are a perfect mix of all of them. I’m currently playing to 6 of them at the same time (I don’t like easy things, LOL)

~My works~
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January 2016 Wrap-up!

Hello everybody! I’m trying to start a new monthly feature on my blog, making a brief recap for each of my passions. I hope you enjoy it!

~Books~
This month I read a total of seven books:

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Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley 5/5 stars
This was related to my 2015 reading challenge; I’m so glad of having read this book, because it’s really good and it has a good pace. I love historical settings and big families; it was a nice change from the books I usually read. It basically tells the story of a whole genealogy, starting from Kunta Kinte, born in Africa and later brought in America as a slave around late 1700. The story was fascinating; I think this is the first book I read which deals with slavery as the focus point. I totally recommend it!

Bad Hare Day (Goosebumps #41) by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
I love Goosebumps and I’m so happy of having read more of this series. This one has an intriguing plot: the main character likes magic and he’d like to become a great magician. This is interesting, because when you read Goosebumps you never really know where reality ends and magic starts.

Brain Juice (Goosebumps 2000 #12) by R.L. Stine 5/5 stars
Another Goosebumps! I find this one less horror-ish than usual, more on the science fiction side. Some bits are quite funny tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg This time, the main characters are described as complete idiots and for this reason you may read some pretty funny dialogues, which make you totally enjoy the book.

Cry of the Cat (Goosebumps 2000 #1) by R.L. Stine 5/5 stars
Third Goosebumps of the month. This one was a bit frightening in the beginning, with the immortal cat and the girl in the house similar to a ghost, but I was disappointed with the ending. I was expecting something more suspenseful and horrorish tumblr_inline_mpl4ntsuZO1qz4rgp

Monster Blood (Goosebumps #3) by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
Last Goosebumps for this month. I liked the plot, even though it was practically not frightening at all tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I’ve already read Monster Blood III in the past and I was curious to see how all started. As always, the characters were really interesting and I was glad to meet again some characters I loved as a child.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth 4/5 stars
Oh, I hate Tris so so so much. Everything she did during this book was so stupid and childish. Tobias wasn’t that better either. Overall, I like how the plot developed. I’m not going to talk much about it to avoid spoilers, but in the end I had Hunger Games flashbacks and then I understood right away who was going to do the right thing. I hate not being able to read Allegiant right away, because I’m really curious to understand what’s happening.

Ring 5/5 stars
This is the first japanese horror novel I read and I’m totally amazed. I had high expectations for this book and I’m glad I’m not disappointed at all. This novel has everything a good novel needs: good characters, good storyline, plot twists. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen the movie, so I cannot make any comparison with it tumblr_inline_mg16go8gBg1qdlkyg However, I like to read japanese books because they have totally different feels from western ones, I don’t really know why.

Currently reading: Tales of Mistery and Terror by E.A. Poe (I have this edition in which there is the complete collection of tales)

~Anime~

Perfect Blue

I read a recommendation on the Internet and I watched it right away. As you probably know by now, I’m really into idols, so I was totally intrigued by the plot. This movie is seriously amazing, the psychological side is well handled and the story is fast paced and breathtaking. I don’t want to talk about it to avoid spoilers, but if you try it out I’m sure you’ll be total caught up by it.

Paranoia Agent

I started this one as a consequence of seeing Perfect Blue. I wanted to see more psychological anime and I wasn’t disappointed with my choice. Paranoia Agent showcases how the human psyche really can have an influence on what happens around us. The episodes are well-structured and there are tons of interesting characters and stories to follow. How does the human psyche work? For sure, an anime isn’t enough to explain that, but I think it gives you a good view on some intriguing aspects.

Currently watching: Shugo Chara (5/51 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~


House, M.D. – Season 4
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Currently watching: House, M.D. – Season 5 (5/24 eps seen)
Cheongdam-dong Alice (4/16 eps seen)

~Idolish releases~
Here I will put the MVs of the music releases of the groups I follow.

01/01 || Moso Invitation – Moso Calibration 2nd album

I love their songs as they’re always so funny and upbeat. I’m seriously amazed by this MV, which is so entertaining to watch! The girls are really cute and the songs on the album are nice. They surely put you in a good mood!

20/01 || Mai Jene! – Yumemiru Adolescence 7th single

This is one of the first groups outside H!P I got interested into. I didn’t listen to this single as much as the previous, so this song has yet to grow on me, but I find it pretty good. The MV is nice as well and the girls are so cute I cannot help but melt ❤

27/01 || Doushiyou, Watashi / Ichigo Ichie – Ciao Bella Cinquetti 11th single

Doushiyou, Watashi was an instant favorite of mine. I love the music and in particular I love the lyrics, which are written by my lovely Kanyon ❤ Ichigo Ichie has yet to grow on me, but I like it. This single made me like this group and I want to follow them more closely than before. I still hope for another name change though…

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

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~Added to my wishlist~
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I cannot wait for this book to be published in Italy. I read Red Queen almost as soon as it was published here and I hate waiting for sequels!

~Currently into~
House, M.D.: as I said before, as soon as Netflix arrived in Italy, I got obsessed with this series. I’m going to watch it until the last episode and then cry desperately from the House loss tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg

Baking cookies: my parents gave me a lovely recipe book as a present which has like 600+ cookies recipes. I love cookies and I also love baking them, so I’m so excited of trying out some recipes I’ve never tried before!

~My works~

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Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 2

Here we are, ready to talk about 2015 ANGERME singles!

Without a doubt, ANGERME had a great year! We start right away with a bang – a catchy and fun song named Taiki Bansei – accompanied from what seems to be (and I hope it’s so) a future standard for the group – the gothic style of Otome no Gyakushuu! Then here we have the second single, which features for the first time a dance team! And finally, Maro’s graduation approaches, it’s time to cry and to say goodbye to my oshi…

Unfortunately, I’m not going to talk about the selection album, since I’m doing a single recap only, but generally speaking, I found the album a bit underwhelming. I was hoping for re-recorded versions at least. But I’m happy with the new songs, my favorite being Marionette 37°C tumblr_inline_mjs1ks9CPX1qdlkyg

18th single – Taiki Bansei / Otome no Gyakushuu [2015.02.04]
THIS. I cannot express how much I loved this. As soon as I heard Taiki Bansei for the first time, I was sure I would have loved the group. I gained a new interest in the girls and so I even re-evalued some old songs that didn’t leave any strong impressions on me.

Taiki Bansei
Song: not being accustomed with S/mileage discography, at first I thought that was an old song and I wondered why I didn’t know they had were such good songs tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg then, I became totally hyped about this single. I couldn’t stop listening to this song again and again, to the point that I’m currently bored by it lol and that’s what is preventing me from giving this song a 10/10. But it’s a bit unfair not to give it the right rate just because I listened to it too much, so… 10/10, anyways tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Dance: I love this dance. I always feel the need to dance along. The only part a bit off is during the verses where the girl seem to just move a bit along the music and that’s all. 9.5/10  (gifs by ai-do-ru)

MV: the song is amazing, the dance is funny… the MV is crappy. The dance shot setting is nice, but the camera work is poorly executed and there’s no effort in editing at all. Close-ups are disappointing too. 6/10

Outfits: I like them. Generally speaking, I prefer costumes rather than casual clothes, but I think they fit the song and they are pretty as well. 8.5/10

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Overall: 8.5/10

Shining member(s): Murota Mizuki and Sasaki Rikako (gifs by awarriorfromadoomedfuture)

Special feature(s): I love Rikako’s jump right before the last chorus. It gives me tons of energy!

 

Otome no Gyakushuu
Song: not an instant favorite like Taiki Bansei, but quite as catchy. It’s a peculiar song and something you’re not used to hear in H!P and at first it seemed weird. However, I like it. 7.5/10

Dance: I find it nice, it goes well with the genre of the song. On the other hand, the dance break is awful. I’m so disappointed because I love classical ballet and that wasn’t executed well. Like at all. I understand she was a newbie, but seeing that in a MV was really underwhelming. 7.5/10 (gifs by suzunatsutsugu and rikachanlove)

MV: I looove the setting. Unfortunately, the MV is poorly executed again. The beautiful setting and the charming girls made the MV. There isn’t any effort from the editor. They didn’t even manage to use some lighting effects to emphasise the girls’ beauty. If it wasn’t for the nice setting, it would have been a disaster. 7/10

Outfits: plain white outfits, a bit boring in the long term. The girls look good and they go quite well with the song’s style. 7/10

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Overall: 7.2/10

Shining member(s): Fukuda Kanon (gif by suzunatsutsugu)

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Special feature(s): Kananan’s deep voice harmonising at the end of each chorus!

Single overall: 7.8/10

 

19th single – Nana Korobi Ya Oki / Gashin Shoutan / Mahou Tsukai Sally [2015.07.22]
This is my favorite ANGERME single of the year. Among the three songs, I find only Gashin Shoutan a bit underwhelming, while the others are really good. I probably like this single so much because of Nana Korobi Ya Oki, which is my favorite ANGERME song of the year and my third favorite song overall, after ImaSugu and Tsumetai by Morning Musume.

Nana Korobi Ya Oki
Song: I love it. It takes up a bit of the gothic genre, but more upbeat and quite rockish. However, what I like the most is the sound of the violin, which adds that gothic and epic nuance to the song. 10/10

Dance: I really like the dance team’s moves. They are elegant but powerful at the same time and the girls are able to express themselves beautifully with their bodies. 9/10 (gif by haru beautiful everyday)

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MV: Finally, here is a great MV! While it’s true there isn’t much more than dance shots and close-ups, I find it suits really well the song. The setting is bare and dark; this would have been a turn off for another song, but it works amazingly well with this one. I love the sepia scenes! Everyone is shining so much. I like how they managed to keep the dance team in the spotlight despite not having lines at all. 9/10

Outfits: I really like them. Since I love the gothic style, these outfits are exactly what I needed for this song. I don’t like the shoes and I think the little capes could have been styled better, but it’s a great outfit overall. 9/10

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Overall: 9.2/10

Shining member(s): Fukuda Kanon

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Special feature(s): The presence of a dance team!

 

Gashin Shoutan
Song: I think this is the weakest song of the single. I don’t think it’s bad, but I don’t find it as amazing as Nana Korobi Ya Oki or as cute as Mahou Tsukai Sally. This is an energetic and upbeat song, pretty catchy to be honest. I think this is the right choice if you’re feeling down and want to recover yourself! 7/10

Dance: here we have a funny and energetic song, mostly focused on the girls having fun while dancing and jumping here and there. The dance break really is entertaining! However, I’m not particularly impressed by the dance either. 6.5/10

MV: I don’t like the pastel theme going on with this song. And why put them in a dark and empty basement if the rest of the MV is shiny and girly? The shots were they are singing in front of the camera doing weird face is probably the best part of this MV. 5/10 (gifs by waazuchan)

Outfits: as I said, I don’t like the pastel theme. I would have loved bright colors and funny outfits. I like the style of the clothes, but the colors are so bland tumblr_m4trvwC1aa1qdlkyg At least they don’t seem cheap. My favorite one is Murotan’s. 7/10

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Overall: 6.3/10

Shining member(s): everyone!

Special feature(s): Rinappu solo dance segment! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

 

Mahou Tsukai Sally
Song: this is by no means a breathtaking song, but it’s cute, funny and it has a great anime-ish feel. 3ki are perfect to be centers in this song! I like the cute monologues as well. 8.5/10

Dance: I love this kind of funny and easy-to-dance-along dances. Simple as it is, it goes perfectly with this song! 9/10 (gif by boom! hello!project)

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MV: now, this is a great MV. The animated background is so cute and anime-ish and I love the shots inside the witchy house. It’s so entertaining seeing them having fun on broomsticks and doing some kind of magic (even though the wires are really evident, but I think that too adds to the general funny feeling of the song tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg9/10

Outfits: so cute and idolish! I love when they go by their member color! 9.5/10

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Overall: 9/10

Shining member(s): Sasaki Rikako (gif by Airi)

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Special feature(s): Rikako and Murota’s great expressions throughout the MV tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Single overall: 8.1/10

 

20th single – Desugita Kui wa Utarenai / Dondengaeshi / Watashi [2015.11.11]
This is probably their best all-around single. It consists of three solid songs, which I like but I’m not that into any of them (except maybe just Watashi). This is Maro’s last single; I would have loved a bit more feature in the first two A sides, but well, she got a solo song and she’s center-ish in the others, so I shouldn’t complain tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Desugita Kui wa Utarenai
Song: another peculiar song for ANGERME. This sound is surely unusual for idol groups, since it’s rockish, upbeat and in some ways more “hard” than usual. Maybe for that reason, it results less catchy (apart form the doushite, doushite bits). 7.5/10

Dance: a bit messy at times, but overall powerful and entertaining. Not really suiting the song in the chorus, where the pace enhances but their moves are pretty boring. 7/10 (gifs by Hamachin)

MV: it’s nice to see some effort put in editing once in a while, even if as simple as this effects are. I was actually surprised, because I’m not used to that in classic H!P MVs. I would have preferred a less smoky setting, but it goes well with the song’s genre, I guess. Even the group shots, which I usually don’t like, are pretty this time. 8.5/10

Outfits: don’t love –  don’t hate. I find them a bit bland speaking of colors, but I like how they glow in the darkness. The style overall is good and the fabrics look good as well. 7.5/10

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Overall: 7.6/10

Shining member(s): everyone tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg

Special feature(s): the girls looking sassy and cool tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg

 

Dondengaeshi
Song: I loved this at first listen, but then it didn’t grew on me the way I predicted. They keep going on the rockish route, this time with a smoother sound, but always as energetic and upbeat. A great song anyways. 9/10

Dance: messy and boring throughout the verses, entertaining during choruses and dance breaks. I like the little dance battles with Rikako and Meimi and the dance battle between Rikako and Murotan during the dance break. 7/10 (gifs by Airi)

MV: I really like the lighting effects on this MV as well. I find the group shots disappointing though. The colors are a bit bland, except for the choruses where the effects make the MV looking so good going along with the music. 8.5/10

Outfits: generally speaking, I like them. Pretty good overall. 8/10

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Overall: 8.1/10

Shining member(s): everyone!

Special feature(s): the dance battles and the lighting effects are what stands out the most.

 

Watashi
Song: finally, the solo song by my beloved Kanyon tumblr_inline_mfnjqyHTGM1qdlkyg I love the sound of this and it’s a nice addition after two rockish sounding songs. This songs goes more on the electropop route and shows an overly cute Kanon in action. I really love the lyrics, which are written by Kanyon herself: I think this song really express who Maro is. 9.5/10

Dance: we don’t have much footage of the dance, but from what I can see, I think it goes well with the song, being silly and cute. Cuteness overload tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg 9/10

MV: SO CUTE! I love seeing her going around the room doing nothing but… being cute! I think the setting is perfect, it’s really cute and girlish. The only poor shots are those in the darker setting (I don’t like it; isn’t this MV supposed to be cute and sparkly?); moreover, those golden little stars give the MV a cheap appearance. Luckily they haven’t been used much. 9/10 (gif by Hamachin)

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Outfits: what the hell happened? A 4-year-old child designed that awful dress? The only good piece is the hat, seriously. The blue outfit is a bit better, but doesn’t go well with Kanyon’s image in my opinion. 5/10

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Overall: 8.1/10

Special feature(s): the Cinderella symbolism spread out throughout the MV!

Single overall: 7.9/10

 

The next part will feature °C-ute and Country Girls!

Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 1 – Morning Musume ’15
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 3 – °C-ute and Country Girls
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 4 – Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory

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Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 1

I know I’ve already published this, but I wasn’t satisfied with the old format of this post, so I modified some things and published it again. Sorry for the inconvenience tumblr_inline_mto62sIH831qid2nw

Morning Musume ’15
Morning Musume has been on a roller coaster this year. Starting only with a decent single, much more disappointing because of the long gap between it and its predecessor than because of the quality of the single itself, the group greeted summer with a well-rounded single and… surprise! Rotating centers! Things seemed to go smoothly, until Sayashi Riho graduation announcement and the big 60th single release, which left a bittersweet taste in my mouth. However, we had pretty good songs throughout the year and I feel satisfied.

58th single – Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru / Yuugure wa Ameagari / Ima Koko Kara [2015.04.15]
In my opinion, their weakest single of the year, though quite good overall. Seishun Kozou was definitely a grower, while I loved Yuugure from the first listen. Ima Koko Kara was a nice change from the current style.

Seishun Kozou ga Naiteiru
Song: I was not too fond of this at first, but after a few listens I started to really like it. At the very first listen, I was like “what’s this mess supposed to be?” but listening to the studio ver along with the MV gave everything a sense tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg  8/10

Dance: I like the choreography, I found this formation dance quite impressive. I particularly like the dance break, it’s really cool tumblr_inline_mg16egIXKr1qdlkyg 8.5/10 (gifs by nako-minnadetabeta)

Regular MV: nothing special with this, but I like it because the girls are shining! I love the scenes with fans and umbrellas, they are really charming. If I have to mention a thing that bothered me a bit is that BIG feature of Karin. I mean, I like her and, although a bit disappointing, it’s not a problem she got close-ups as well. But more than regular members? (and in particular 12ki since it was their debut single? Poor Miki) 7.5/10

Another ver. MV: I totally LOVED this one. I wasn’t expecting something like this. It’s so refreshing and different from usual! I like when there are various symbols spread in the video, so that you can give a personal interpretation. And the scenes on the train… simply brilliant! Definitely a 10/10

Outfits: on the regular ver, they are so shiny tumblr_inline_mpl4o4sFS61qz4rgp I’m not too fond of the studs and the “v-neck”, but in general, I like them! As for the alternat ver, we have the outfits used for GMML (nice to see them again, also because I love them!) and some cute school uniforms tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 8/10

Overall: 8.4/10

Shining member(s): everyone tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg

Special feature(s): Duu’s kabedon tumblr_inline_mto62vrnv41qid2nw

 

Yuugure wa Ameagari
Song: so beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg I love this genre of songs. The piano intro is really beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9/10

Dance: I love this dance tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k  It’s smooth and reminds me of classical ballet. Their harmonious movements make me think of young branches shaken softly by the wind tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9/10 (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)

MV: The girls are so beautiful, but I hate the setting. It’s too simple for my tastes. A different, less plain background with some nice lighting effects would have been good. I like the group shots, but I’m not a fan of those, generally speaking. 7/10

Outfits: Nice concept, but they seem sooo cheap. The outfits they used for the Gradation tour were much better, IMO. 12ki version is slightly better. 6.5/10

Overall: 7.8/10

Shining member(s): Sato Masaki and Ishida Ayumi (it’s a shame she got so few close-ups) (gif by passwordishp)

Special feature(s): Maachan hand gestures during the piano intro and her soothing line right after the dance break. (gif by Hamachin)

 

Ima Koko Kara
Song: it’s cute and uplifting~ really anime-ish. Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of song that I keep on listening again and again: after a few times, it becomes a bit boring. 8/10

Dance: I like it because it’s cute and easy tumblr_m8jytkduwY1r75lkl 8.5/10

MV: The MV is beautiful, but the anime inserts turn me down a bit. The children dancing with the girls at the end are sooo cute tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k I like the lighting effects, they go well with the anime theme. The members’ shots are all really beautiful. 8/10

Outfits: Again, I like them. They fit with the theme and overall are the best outfits of this single. I like that each gen has a peculiar version. My favorite version is Sakura’s one, since 10ki style is my favorite one, but I prefer red over green tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 9/10

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Overall: 8.3/10

Shining member(s): Oda Sakura, Makino Maria, Sato Masaki and Kudo Haruka! (gifs by BOOM! Hello!Project, vplpro and haru beautiful everyday )

Special feauture(s): I love how Oda was able to shine in this song!

Single overall: 8.1/10

 

59th single – Oh my wish! / Sukatto My Heart / Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki [2015.08.19]

My favorite Momusu single of the year. Oh my wish! is a favorite of mine for obvious reasons *coughDuucough*, I loved Sukatto My Heart from the first listen and Imasugu is my overall favorite song of the year (although at first I didn’t like it at all tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg) together with Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi.

Oh my wish!
Song: not my favorite at first listen, but it grew on me amazingly! In particular, I like the lines just before the chorus starts, because Duu and Zukki sound really soothing. 9/10

Dance: the dance team made an amazing job! The choreography isn’t a favorite of mine, but the girls are too good to be real tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg 9.5/10 (gifs by sasayacchan)

MV: I like the setting and the camera work. As I said, I’m not a fan of group shots, but they are fine, I guess. I don’t like the two-shots of Zukki and Duu dancing alone, I think they are a bit off. However, I think the MV suits the theme of the song. The way the dance shots are inserted within the rest is pretty good. I like the solo dance parts too!  9/10

Outfits: I love the white ones~ The style and the looks. It’s something I would wear as well if they weren’t totally white tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg However, for a single outfit, they are really good! As for the silver ones, I like them but I’m not fond of the pattern. The gowns are pretty, though. 9/10

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Overall: 9.1/10

Shining member(s): Suzuki Kanon (gifs by BOOM! Hello!Project)

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Special feature(s): Haruka and Kanon as centers, obviously!

 

Sukatto My Heart
Song: I love it, so catchy~~ I found it summerish and… refreshing! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I always ended up humming the chorus after listening to it… 9/10

Dance: …and I always end up dancing together with them! tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg Again, I find this dance summerish as well! I remember when I was a child and during summer I always kept doing those kind of dances. 9/10 (gifs by ?)


MV: Nice. I don’t particularly like the setting, but there are some pretty shots. For example, the solo shots among the… light fog? I don’t know how to call it haha however, I really liked those shots since every girl was beautiful and charming. The solo shots are good as well, maybe they just follow one another too quickly. 8/10

Outfits: I LOVE THEM tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg They surely are the best Morning Musume outfit of the year! With ImaSugu’s ones being a close second. Moreover, I have a thing for sailor themed outfits, so I was sooo delighted when I saw them! 10/10

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Overall: 9/10

Shining member(s): everyone!

Special feature(s): Eripon’s cartwheel! Even more amazing in concerts! (gif by Mini*Wheat)

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Imasugu Tobikomu Yuuki
Song: I didn’t like it at all, and then.. I fell in love all of a sudden listening to the studio version together with the MV tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg I love this genre of music because is uplifting and relaxing. I love the bridge! 10/10

Dance: I like it. The formations at the very beginning are amazing! 8/10 (gifs by angelandz)


MV: everyone is shining so much! I love everything about this MV. The lighting, the setting… the blue shots in the fog are breathtaking. And the shots in the cubes are lovely. Sometimes, simple things are the best tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k 10/10 (gifs by veevee-8)


Outfits: so beautiful tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg I love everything about them as well. The style is so idolish and girly, and the color and the pattern are enchanting. 10/10

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Overall: 9.5/10

Shining member(s): Sato Masaki tumblr_inline_mpl4o4sFS61qz4rgp but actually everyone is shining! (gif by veevee-8)

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Special feature(s): Maachan and Miki as centers!

Single overall: 9.2/10

 

60th single – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi / ENDLESS SKY / One and Only [2015.12.29]

The last single of the year and Riho’s graduation single. I love Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi from the bottom of my heart tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg ENDLESS SKY has yet to grow on me, but I find it beautiful as well. One and Only is so catchy, you cannot get it off your head!

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Song: instant love tumblr_inline_mto62vrnv41qid2nw It got me right in the kokoro tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg I even made a cover of it~ 10/10

Dance: Riho is too much for my eyes. There are some parts I don’t particularly like but in the end… who cares tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg Give me Riho dancing and I’m perfectly fine. 10/10 (gifs by haru beautiful everyday and helloprojectgifs)


MV: simple, yet beautiful. The girls are so beautiful and the settings suits the song well. Everyone seem an angel tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg 9.5/10

Outfits: I love the black outfits Riho wears. In particular the dress with red inserts. I like the white outfits as well, but I find some of them quite unflattering. 8/10

Overall: 9.3/10

Shining member(s): Sayashi Riho. Everyone else is beautiful as well. (gifs by helloprojectgifs and haru beautiful everyday)

Special feature(s): RihoRiho everywhere tumblr_inline_mjs1ks9CPX1qdlkyg

 

ENDLESS SKY
Song: I’m not impressed by this song by now. And it’s quite painful too, because, besides my crying Haruka (tumblr_m7gk4gyuEK1r86b3d), it brings memories of Riho’s graduation and everyone crying on stage… tumblr_m8jyt4iqGC1r75lkl Ah… I cannot handle it… How is it supposed to be an uplifting song in such conditions? However, it’s not like I hate it and I don’t think it’s an ugly song as well. That autotune on Sakura though… 8/10

Dance: I’m not particularly fond of this one. I find it quite messy, simple and maybe rushed. 6/10 (gif by fyeah-haropro)

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MV: Haruka made my day. tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg This is my least favorite MV of this single. I don’t like the shots in blankets, even though the girls are beautiful as always and it’s nice to see them giggle togheter. Solo shots are cute though. I like the idea of the feathers! 7/10

Outfits: I like the concept, but I don’t like some versions, in particular those with the sheer fabrics going beyond the hem of the skirt. I think my favorite version is Haruka’s tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k 8.5/10

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Overall: 7.3/10

Shining member(s): Ogata Haruna and Kudo Haruka (gifs by ? and BOOM! Hello!Project)

Special feature(s): Haruka crying tumblr_inline_mfnjqhRjBa1qdlkyg

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One and Only
Song: So. Damn. CATCHY. At first listen it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I cannot stop humming it. It’s great to have a song fully in English, I’m so happy about it and I know the girls worked really hard for that! 8.5/10

Dance: I love it tumblr_m8jytkduwY1r75lkl The steps are quite easy, so I like dancing along with them! 8.5/10 (gifs by angelandz)


MV: the background and the lyrics animation are wonderful, there are a lot of great scenes! Watching the girls smiling and having fun is great! 9/10

Outfits: I have a thing for tartan tumblr_m8fnasLeXU1r7nk4k the white outfits are cute as well! 8.5/10 (gif by angelandz)

Overall: 8.6/10

Shining member(s): Sayashi Riho (gif by fukuchans) and Sato Masaki (gif by nichiyobin)

Special feature(s): The song is in English! tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg

Single overall: 8.4/10

 

The next part will feature ANGERME singles! Stay tuned!

Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 2 – ANGERME
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 3 – °C-ute and Country Girls
Hello!Project – 2015 singles recap part 4 – Juice=Juice, Kobushi Factory, Tsubaki Factory

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Random thoughts on Morning Musume ’16

Hello everybody! Long time no see!
I’ve been very busy, since I started university and had various things going on. Probably I won’t have time to update this blog regularly, but I’d like to post something once in a while

I wanted to do this post since last year, but I just kept on postponing… so, instead of “random thoughts on Morning Musume ’15” here we have “random thoughts on Morning Musume ’16 plus Sayashi”! 

Fukumura Mizuki

When I first got acquainted with Morning Musume, I didn’t really like her. She climbed my ranking, though, and I’m glad she did it! happy2
Right now I think she’s a solid performer. Her voice is really nice and easily recognizable and she sings pretty well. I like her dancing too, tough I don’t really pay attention to dancing – better, I cannot distinguish a good dancer from a bad one, unless it’s really obvious (Riho – Haruna levels). In the past, I didn’t like her visuals, but now I think she’s stunning (and she probably has the best body among current Morning Musume members)
5th on my current ranking ~ tie with Oda Sakura

Ikuta Erina

She’s always been at the very end of my ranking and that didn’t change, unfortunately. However, in 2015 I appreciated her muuuch more and from pretty neutral I began to like her. She’s still at the bottom of my ranking just because I like the other members more than her 2z4g01k What I like about her is her aura and her variety skills. Moreover, I’m amazed by her acrobatic skills!  I’ve always liked her visuals, but sometimes she looks meh or her look isn’t that great (I hate her current hairstyle tbh )
11th on my current ranking ~ tie with Suzuki Kanon

Suzuki Kanon

I quite liked her in the past, but this year my interest decreased. tumblr_inline_mg16gs7UAn1qdlkyg I love her smile and I think she’s beautiful and talented, but I can’t relate anymore with her character. On a side note, I feel really bad for her roller coaster with the weight problem; I don’t mind her chubbiness, but I feel bad at seeing her losing and gaining weight the way she did in 2015.
11th on my current ranking ~ tie with Ikuta Erina

Iikubo Haruna

She’s always been a mid tier in my ranking. Even though her skills are not amazing, I find her character pretty relatable. She’s funny and seems easy-going! Moreover, she’s an otaku – I was so happy to know that! I like her visuals, especially on magazines she always looks stunning tumblr_inline_mjs05hMs2K1qdlkyg
7th on my current ranking ~ tie with Haga Akane

Ishida Ayumi

It seems my interest decreased for her too What I like about her, apart from her dancing, are her visuals. She’s so beautiful! In 2014, I would have said that she was the most beautiful member after Sayumi and next to Riho. Unfortunately, 12ki came in tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg and other members bloomed *coughmaachancough* and I fell in love with Duu, sooo… stop with the off topic! Speaking of her dancing, I obviously find her really talented, but I’m not too fond of her style. I prefer Riho’s and Manaka’s
9th on my current ranking

Sato Masaki

Well… I don’t know what kind of magic she used, but I cannot even tell how much she improved during this year. And she suddenly became a beauty.. like.. woah
Right now I love everything about her. Her singing, her dancing, her chara and her visuals. Her aura is so strong. Where was she hiding ’till now?
3rd on my current ranking

Kudo Haruka

Here comes my over-biased self tumblr_m89gltpsCe1qdlkyg I’ve never noticed her until early 2015 – like HOW – but, well, Sayumi overshadowed everyone tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg
Sooo, I’m totally in love with her. I love her voice, she’s so cool while dancing… I always go doki doki when she speaks and her visuals… well…
I’m done.
1st on my current ranking

Oda Sakura

She’s the most “stable” member together with Harunan. My interest never particularly increased or decreased. I love her vocals and she’s a good performer overall. I find her a bit too polite for my tastes, but her talent make up for that
5th on my current ranking ~ tie with Fukumura Mizuki

Ogata Haruna

When she was revealed as a new member, I immediately fell in love with her Post-Sayu and pre-Duu, she experienced the first spot in my ranking. tumblr_m8jytkduwY1r75lkl She’s so pretty I could die.  I love her character, I think I could get along with her easily. At first she wasn’t the best singer or the best dancer, but I’m sure she’ll improve over time. I would be so happy if she gets a visual role similar to Sayu’s!
2nd on my current ranking

Nonaka Miki

My love for this girl grew over time. I really like her voice and I find her talented, I’m so curious to watch her improvement in the next years. Her English skills are a good extra to the package tumblr_m4i9c7j9OB1qdlkyg She seems so nice!
4th on my current ranking

Makino Maria

I have a complicate feeling about her. I find her really cute and sometimes she’s just adorable. I even keep on track with any updates. But there are some things about her I just can’t stand lol I hope it’s just due to her being still a child. I feel so bad
10th on my current ranking

Haga Akane

I don’t know what to tell about her since she didn’t have the chance to showcase herself yet. However, I feel attracted to her and I’m curious to see her development. As an extra, she’s really cute
7th on my current ranking ~ tie with Iikubo Haruna

~Bonus~

Sayashi Riho

I think I’ve never fully realized how much I liked and respected her. I always took for granted her presence, so I focused more on the other members, thinking “well, she’s there, she’s the center, I will have the chance to see her anyways”. The thruth is that, when she announced her sudden graduation, the world collapsed under my feet. I couldn’t even IMAGINE Morning Musume without her. In that moment, I finally realized how much she was important to me. It’s not like I’ve ever thought “I don’t like this girl”. I always liked her, but I’ve never noticed that, if that makes sense. If you asked me, I would have included her in my top 5 member, but I would have said also that I was not particularly attached to her. Well, I was wrong.
It still feels like a dream.